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#WakandaForever: Internet Devastated Over Death of Marvel Star Chadwick Boseman

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsActor Chadwick Boseman arrives at the premiere of the new Marvel superhero film 'Black Panther' in London, Britain February 8, 2018
Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives at the premiere of the new Marvel superhero film 'Black Panther' in London, Britain February 8, 2018 - Sputnik International
Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that Chadwick Boseman, a star in Marvel's beloved "Black Panther" film, passed away after a long struggle with stage 4 colon cancer.

People around the world flocked to the web in an emotional move to express grief over the death of Chadwick Boseman, a lead actor for Marvel's breakout hit film "Black Panther". 

The tragic news made waves on Twitter, with Boseman's fans and colleagues sending condolences and prayers to the family of the actor. 

Fellow Marvel actors reacted early, honoring his talent and calling him a "true King", marking his portrayal of Marvel's T'Challa, the king of a fictional country named Wakanda in the blockbuster hit film "Black Panther".

Among those paying respect to the memory of Boseman were his fellow "superheroes" of the Marvel Universe: Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Chris Evans (Captain America).

​Other prominent media figures honored Boseman's memory.

​Netizens, celebrating Boseman's portrayal of T'Challa, launched several hashtags in his memory, including #WakandaForever, #RipKing and #ripChadwick.

Fans did not restrain themselves emotionally, sharing their devastation over the passing of the popular actor and praising him for continuing to work while dealing with cancer.

​Some remembered an iconic scene from the most recent Avengers movie, "Endgame", in which dozens of characters who were thought to be dead, gloriously returned to join in a final battle. One of these characters was T'Challa (Boseman) and his Wakanda army, who shouted their famous "Ee-Bom-Bay!" battle cry.

​Others praised Boseman for portraying one of the first black superheroes and thus elevating the spirits of many in the African-American community.

​According to an official statement on Boseman's Twitter account, he died surrounded by his family after battling cancer for four years. 

Gaining world fame after being introduced in Black Panther, Boseman also appeared in other Marvel movies, including "Avengers: Infinity War", "Avengers: Endgame" and "Captain America: Civil War". Among his other works, are films like "Marshall", "21 Bridges" and "Da 5 Bloods".

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